The 1A Carolina Conference Cross Country tournament begins today (Tuesday) at Spring Creek. Hobbton is the only county 1A team participating in cross country this year and the Lady Wildcats finished fourth in the last two meets, but the boys’ team improved to third place.
“The Women’s Cross Country team had some ladies step up in a big way today. Frances Zeledon (29:26 PR, 22nd), Chenise Davis (30:12 PR, 23rd) and Nicole Spell (31:49 PR, 27th) all scored points for the wildcats for the first time all season.
Commenting on the meet at Princeton, head coach and math teacher, Jeffrey Klaves said, “The 4th place overall finish does not represent the effort I saw out on the course today. The Lady Wildcats are learning how to race and dig deep when it matters the most. I’m proud of the way we competed out there.”
Continuing, Coach Klaves stated, “The Men’s team placed 3rd overall and saw big Personal Records (PR’s) from Justin Davis and Saul Ramirez. This season alone, Justin’s PR has improved by over three minutes while Saul’s has dropped six minutes.”
The final regular season match was held at Rosewood. This was the first time the Lady Wildcat team had made it under 30 minutes. Ashlyn Johnson (26:04, 11th) provided the jump start and the ladies packed up to finish right behind her. Personal records (PR’s) were set by Chantel Davis (26:18, 12th), Sarah Price (26:19, 13th), Elvie Sumner (27:13, 15th), Michaela Oates (29:57, 23rd), Savannah Whipkey (31:36, 27th) and Rebecca Hunter (33:07, 32nd).
The Men’s team placed 4th overall on the day but the finish proved to be enough to hold onto 2nd place overall in the Regular Season Standings in the Carolina Conference.
“The Women’s Team looks sharp as we head into the championship part of our season. The conference tournament is Tuesday and regionals are Sat., Oct. 26,” Coach Klaves said.
“I am proud of the men for being consistent all season to earn second place, but I look forward to seeing how we stack up in a championship situation. All the Carolina Conference teams will be competing with one goal in mind, bring home the trophy,” asserted Klaves.
Explaining Hobbton’s chances in the tournament, Coach Klaves stated, “Cross Country is a unique sport that ever team in the conference has a chance to win the title.”
The conference championship has all the teams running against one another on the same course, on the same day and at the same time. The team with the lowest point total wins (points are earned based on one’s overall finish in the race), according to Klaves.
Attached are the results from the past two meets: 10/1/2013 @ Princeton and 10/8/2013 @ Rosewood. The Carolina Conference Championships will be next week on 10/15/2013. They will be hosted by Spring Creek. Once confirmed by the conference, I will send an email with the final regular season standings as we prepare the cross country “post-season”. As always let me know if you have any questions.
Quotes from Rosewood 10/8:
Quotes from the previous Meet at Princeton on 10/1/2013: